New York, NY

The Dairy, an 1870 Victorian Gothic cottage within Central Park, serves as a visitor information center and gift shop. New LED lighting – part of a recent renovation – brings the historic architecture to life, adding a sense of warmth and welcome that draws guests inside.

LED strip lights concealed behind ornamental wood trim highlight steep exterior gables, and uplights in the roof tower illuminate its interior. Thoughtful placement conceals the fixtures from view, directing focus to the lit structure.

Inside the gift shop, retail accent lights mounted on two lengths of cable-suspended track appear to float within the space, while small, rectangular downlights in the upper ceiling provide ambient illumination. Lighting levels are balanced by automated, multi-scene dimming controls.

Inside and out, thoughtful lighting solutions refresh a prized visitor attraction while remaining respectful of its landmark status. The Central Park Conservancy affirms the success of the design, stating that “the lighting transforms this historic structure into a true destination.”


  • ARCHITECT Light & Architecture Merit Award

  • LIT Awards - Winner, Heritage Lighting

  • NLB Tesla Award of Merit

  • The Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards - Honorable Mention


Central Park Conservancy


Timothy Schenck Photography / Central Park Conservancy